The International Bar Association, established in 1947, is the world's leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world. It has a membership of more than 80,000 individual lawyers and more than 190 bar associations and law societies spanning over 160 countries.
The Bar Issues Commission (BIC) supports the activities and interests of the IBA's Member Organisations by providing a forum for discussion of all matters relating to law at an international level and to exchange views and expertise, with the aim of raising standards and sharing best practice. Representatives of the Member Organisations sit on the IBA Council, which is the governing body of the IBA. Through its Policy Committee, the BIC examines and proposes resolutions and guidelines that are of relevance to Member Organisations for approval by the IBA Council. The BIC engages in a number of projects to address contemporary issues relevant to bar associations and law societies.
The BIC Project Lawyer will assist the BIC in co-ordinating and implementing projects that exclusively support the member bar associations, including capacity assistance projects to developing bars, BIC Policy Committee projects and BIC International Trade & Legal Services projects. Capacity-building includes, among other things, governance and leadership structure, strategic planning, financial responsibility, membership services, regulations, professional ethics, disciplinary procedures, risks & compliance, and access to legal aid.
Implement BIC projects - promoting, developing, project managing and executing legal initiatives and research projects from inception to completion, including conducting research, interviews and writing reports.
Oversee the work of in-country consultants hired to develop and implement in-country projects.
Develop and sustain relationships with other international and professional organisations, governments, academic institutions, and other entities as required for project development;
Seek grants including the writing of grant applications;
Manage BIC projects or sub-projects as and where allocated
Draft legal reports and recommendations on a variety of legal topics;
Identify and write items of interest for IBA publications and other professional publications;
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